“In October we want you to know the many ways physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can help improve your quality of life by restoring and improving your ability to move.
“If you are one of many people who experience low back pain, for example, a physical therapist can help. If you have had a running injury or want to maintain your ability to run as you age, a physical therapist can help. If you are experiencing Bell palsy, diabetes, frozen shoulder, or pelvic pain, to name but a few conditions, a physical therapist can help.
“According to the 2011 “AARP Bulletin Survey on Exercise,” approximately 7 in 10 adults age 45 and older (71%) are physically active. If you are a baby boomer, physical therapists can help you stay physically active, including helping you deal with common injuries associated with aging, such as tendinitis and meniscus tears as well as the effects of arthritis.
“Beginning October 1 and continuing through November 19, APTA will be hosting its “50 Days 50 Ways” challenge. During this challenge we will be providing 50 days worth of tips to boomers on how to prevent injury and get and/or stay fit and mobile with the help of a physical therapist. Check them out onFacebook and Twitter!
“Physical therapists are required to complete a graduate degree-either a master’s or clinical doctorate-from an accredited education program and pass a state-administered national exam before practicing. By 2015, all physical therapists will graduate with a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree.”
Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS
President, American Physical Therapy Association
The most critical action seniors can take to prevent falls is to maintain physical activity. Activities suitable for any fitness level such as walking, gardening, yoga, or dancing will help to improve balance and movement.
Carefree Physical Therapy specializes in fall risk assessments, participating with Medicare’s quality reporting initiative. A licensed physical therapist will complete a thorough physical assessment, review your medical history, and perform special tests to determine your fall risk factor.
Based on your risk level, your physical therapist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs to help reduce the risk of future falls. Your individualized plan will include exercise to improve strength, mobility, and balance, home safety tips, proper instruction with assistive devices, and access to valuable resources.